Will Smith and VFX

Posted on September 4th, 2008 in Uncategorized by Marc Bourbonnais

This just resurfaced on a few discussion lists… Here is a short excerpt from a Will Smith interview on 60 minutes(2) a few months ago:

60min: “You’ve been in a lot of movies with special effects. Was that calculated?”

WS: “Absolutely! … [My manager and I] got the top ten movies of all time, and we realized 10 out of 10 were special effects movies, 9 out of 10 were special effects movies with creatures, and 8 out of 10 were special effects movies with creatures and a love story. So, Independence Day and Men in Black were really no brainers.”


A Christmas Story

Posted on December 28th, 2007 in Uncategorized by Marc Bourbonnais


The picture on the left is from my dad’s home movies of 1967. It’s my grandfather, dressed in a Santa Clause outfit made by my grandmother. It was an old tradition at home. On Christmas day, a relative dressed as Santa would walk down the street, check his long list and come into our house with our presents.

Picture on the right: that’s me, December 25th, 2007. Forty years later. This year, my mother asked me to stroll around the block with this same suit to wave at the kids at my aunt’s house as well as walk by my parent’s house for my own kids.

I never met my grandfather. He died in 1970, a year before I was born. My grandmother passed away just a few weeks ago and I had to get the costume in the house she lived in for the past 60 years, now very empty. It was awkward and a bit sad for me, but everything changed when I walked out of the house in full gear.

The neighborhood was very festive; people were waving to me as I was walking along. My aunt was on her balcony with her family and her 4 grand children were thrilled. At my parents’ house, my daughter and son were overjoyed to see Santa walking down the street. It was just a short walk in a Santa Clause outfit about half a century old, but it was above all a big dose of fulfillment.

Happy Holidays to all. I hope 2008 will bring you joy, happiness and prosperity.

Marc Bourbonnais

One night at the airport

Posted on August 10th, 2007 in Uncategorized by Marc Bourbonnais

I’m finally back, a day late. Finally, with my boarding pass at 3:00 am, I had to sleep on the oh-so-plush carpet of the Philadelphia airport, with hundreds of other stranded travelers. There were sleeping bodies everywhere. I found the last available electrical outlet, hidden behind a baggage carrousel. I woke up to the luscious sounds of carpet cleaning machines.


Staying just a little longer

Posted on August 10th, 2007 in Uncategorized by Marc Bourbonnais

I was supposed to be home at this hour, posting a few final words about Siggraph. Thing is, my flight back to Montreal had a stop in Philadelphia but the airport was shut down for a few hours because of heavy thunderstorms on the East coast. My plane landed in Indianapolis and I finally got to Philly at 11:30 pm, 4 hours later than scheduled. Of course, my next transfer flight to Montreal was long gone, and the airport was closing.

 So I’m in line with a few hundred travelers at 1 in the morning to get a new flight. Nevertheless, I consider myself lucky; I’ve already booked by phone a flight at 7:30 am. Some people can’t find room on a plane for the next few days. People traveling with kids…

 I’m tired, I’m hungry and I have 5 hours to kill in the middle of the night in a closed airport surrounded by strangers. Sounds like a movie by George A. Romero.

I now have very fond memories of that last sandwich I ate at noon.

So long, Hybride

Posted on June 8th, 2007 in Uncategorized by Marc Bourbonnais

Today was my farewell lunch, a tradition at Hybride for employees on the leave. To mark the end of my 10 years at the company, 50 of my ex-colleagues joined me for a final cold one. I’ll miss them!

Good times.